2014 NBA Draft Grades: Overview of Team-by-Team Grades, Trades and Results

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJune 27, 2014

Mar 23, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins guard/forward Kyle Anderson (5) brings the ball up court against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks in the first half of a men's college basketball game during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Antonio Spurs again proved why they have been so good for so long on Thursday night. R.C. Buford and his team simply know how to draft late in the first round, which is something they do often because of their success.

On Thursday night, the Spurs tabbed versatile UCLA small forward Kyle Anderson. He may not make anyone say wow from watching his clips on YouTube, but he has a high hoops IQ, a solid outside shot, size at 6'8" and excellent vision as a passer.

Sounds like the prototypical Spur. Anderson could easily turn out to be one of the biggest steals of this draft. Here's a look at every selection, grade and trade from Thursday's draft.

Brian Mazique's 2014 NBA Draft Grades
TeamPicksGrade
Boston CelticsMarcus Smart (6), James Young (17)A-
Brooklyn NetsMarkel Brown (44), Xavier Thames (59), Corey Jefferson (60)B-
New York KnicksCleanthony Early (34), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (51), Louis Labeyrie (57)A+
Philadelphia 76ersJoel Embiid (3), Dario Saric (12), K.J. McDaniels (32), Jerami Grant (39), Vasilije Micic (52), Jordan McRae (58)C+
Toronto RaptorsBruno Caboclo (20), DeAndre Daniels (37)F
Chicago BullsDoug McDermott (11), Cameron Bairstow (49)B-
Cleveland CavaliersAndrew Wiggins (1), Joe Harris (33)A-
Detroit PistonsSpencer Dinwiddie (38)B-
Milwaukee BucksJabari Parker (2), Damien Inglis (31), Johnny O'Bryant III (36)A
Atlanta HawksAdreian Payne (15), Walter Tavares (43), Lamar Patterson (48)B-
Charlotte HornetsNoah Vonleh (9), P.J. Hairston (26), Dwight Powell (45), Semaj Christon (55)A
Miami HeatShabazz Napier (24)A+
Orlando MagicAaron Gordon (4), Elfrid Payton (10)A
Los Angeles ClippersC.J. Wilcox (28)C-
Los Angeles LakersJulius Randle (7), Jordan Clarkson (46)A+
Phoenix SunsT.J. Warren (14), Tyler Ennis (18), Bogan Bogdanovic (27), Alec Brown (50)B-
Sacramento KingsNik Stauskas (8)B-
Houston RocketsClint Capela (25), Nick Johnson (42)A-
Memphis GrizzliesJordan Adams (22), Jarnell Stokes (35)B-
New Orleans PelicansRuss Smith (47)C-
San Antonio SpursKyle Anderson (30), Nemanja Dangubic (54)A-
Denver NuggetsJusuf Nurkic (16), Gary Harris (19), Nikola Jokic (41), Roy Devyn Marble (56)A-
Minnesota TimberwolvesZach LaVine (13), Glenn Robinson III (40), Alessandro Gentile (53)B+
Oklahoma City ThunderMitch McGary (21), Josh Huestis (29)B-
Utah JazzDante Exum (5), Rodney Hood (23)A
Picks per NBA.com

Trade information per NBA.com

 

Draft-Day Trades

  • Chicago Bulls trade No. 16, No. 19 selections and a future second-round pick to Denver Nuggets for Doug McDermott and Anthony Randolph
  • Orlando Magic trade Dario Saric to Philadelphia 76ers for Elfrid Payton
  • Charlotte Hornets trade Shabazz Napier to Miami Heat for No. 26, No. 55 and future second-round selections
  • Utah Jazz trade Jarnell Stokes to Memphis Grizzlies for 2016 second-round selection 
  • Minnesota Timberwolves trade No. 44 overall selection to Brooklyn Nets for 2016 second-round selection
  • Washington Wizards trade Jordan Clarkson to Los Angeles Lakers for cash
  • Sixers trade Russ Smith to New Orleans Pelicans for Pierre Jackson

 

Best Trade

BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 26:   Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris, both aquired via trade by the Denver Nuggets, pose for a portrait during the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expres
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The Denver Nuggets hit the jackpot in their deal with the Bulls.

Sure, Chicago secured one of the best shooters in the draft, and McDermott may help the Bulls take the next step. But Denver grabbed the best healthy center available in Bosnia's Jusuf Nurkic and Michigan State's Gary Harris at No. 19. The latter inexplicably fell lower than most expected. 

Denver also got the Bulls to take on the salary of little-used Randolph in exchange for McDermott. Denver clearly maximized its resources in this deal.

Sham Sports' Mark Deeks thinks the Nuggets cleaned up with this trade:

Unless McDermott becomes a star or is used as a piece for the Bulls to sign-and-trade for Carmelo Anthony, or Kevin Love, the Nuggets won this trade.

If Harris blossoms and McDermott doesn't, the trade would look even worse for the Bulls considering 2-guard is a position of need. Stay tuned.

 

Best Pick

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 23:  Cleanthony Early #11 of the Wichita State Shockers celebrates after a basket in the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 23, 20
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A week ago the New York Knicks didn't even have a pick in the draft. After some wheeling and dealing, they wound up with three. Their best selection was Wichita State's Cleanthony Early at No. 34. 

Early is perhaps the most underrated prospect in the draft.

If he had attended an ACC, Big Ten or SEC school, he probably would have been a lottery pick. At 6'7", Early has the size to play the wing position without an issue. He also has elite athleticism and a competitiveness that can't be taught.

His stats improved in almost every category last season when compared to his first at Wichita State. Early is a native of Middletown, New York, so this also represents a homecoming. Judging by this tweet, he seems intent upon representing his city proudly:

He is 23 years old, which was probably a deterrent for teams, but his maturity should make him all the more ready to contribute right away.

When we look back at this draft, Early will probably be the biggest steal.

 

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